Welcome a little one by making your own baby album! A DIY baby album or baby memory book makes for a lovely gift for expectant mothers – or why not make a baby album to celebrate their 1st birthday?
Here are some of designer Ruth Hamilton’s top tips for making your own baby album or baby memory book:
- Choose papers and die-cuts which all coordinate and keep to the theme – it could be vintage, modern or cute!
- Add a lot of little inserts, pockets and surprises inside your baby album.
- Leave spaces to add photos or notes.
- Use a mixture of patterned papers with a plain coloured card to keep everything coordinated.
- Extra detail and interest can be added in the form of ribbons and gems.
Want some free patterned paper? Take a look at our ever-growing collection of free patterned papers, there are lots to choose from and there are lots of different themes. We love these free new baby papers or how about these adorable new baby printables!
You Will Need
- Patterned papers
- New baby dies
- Nesting dies, scalloped squares
- Die-cutting machine
- adhesive gems
Score and fold the bigger piece 15mm from both long edges. The 15mm folds will form the spines of the album. Add tape to the folds on the 150 x 170mm panel and attach to the spines the other pieces at each side to create the album cover.
Cut two 110 x 160mm pieces of patterned paper, we’ve gone for paper featuring a baby and a plane! Layer onto two 115 x 166mm pieces of white card. Attach a 240mm length of gingham ribbon centrally to the right edge of the front cover and attach the baby paper.Fold the album so that the 150 x 170mm panel becomes the back. Attach ribbon centrally to the left edge of the back panel and attach the plane paper over top.
Die-cut a ‘New baby’ sentiment from some white card and attach it centrally to the front of the album. You could also use ephemera if you don’t have a New Baby die set. Now decorate your baby album as it is so far!We’ve attached a ‘Sweet boy’ collectable to the centre-right using sticky fixers and added gems to the baby boots. We then glued two aeroplanes to the back and added a ‘Dream Big’ sentiment centrally to the top of the panel using sticky fixers.
Once you’re happy with the design, turn your album over and open it to the inside.
Now you’ve made your baby album why not give bullet journalling a go? We have a guide on how to bullet journal here on Gathered if you’d like to try.